A protestor holds a sign outside of Baltimore's City Hall before a march for Freddie Gray, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A protestor holds a sign outside of Baltimore's City Hall before a march for Freddie Gray, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A protestor holds a sign outside of Baltimore’s City Hall before a march for Freddie Gray, Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Kevin Rector, THE BALTIMORE SUN

BALTIMORE (The Baltimore Sun) — More than a dozen civil and religious groups calling for police reform in Baltimore will embark Monday on “Freedom Rides” to Annapolis to spread their message in the state’s capital.

The effort — which includes the ACLU of Maryland, Amnesty International and local healthworkers union 1199 SEIU — was scheduled around the first meeting of the Legislative Public Safety and Policing Workgroup, a task force created by legislators in Annapolis to study public safety issues highlighted by the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 and sustained a spinal cord injury while in police custody. His death on April 19 sparked protests across the city. Hours after his funeral a week later, rioting and looting broke out in the city.

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